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New FDA Official Inherits Raft of Projects, Challenges

March 3, 2015 10:58 am | by Matthew Perrone and Michael Felberbaum | News | Comments

One of the nation's leading medical researchers joined the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, taking on the agency's No. 2 leadership job at a critical juncture for prescription drugs, medical devices and tobacco products. Read more...

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Increased Use of Tissue Data in Oncology: Enhancing Diagnostics, Cutting Costs & Improving Patient Lives

March 3, 2015 10:43 am | by Ralf Huss, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Definiens | Articles | Comments

New research by market research firm Frost & Sullivan revealed that the increased use of clinical tools such as in vitro tissue analysis, biomarker tests and cancer screening are causing oncologic imaging to shift away from invasive to non- or minimally-invasive methods, which can result in better real-time monitoring of tumors without damaging tissues. Read more...

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Roche Launches Next-Generation HBV Viral Load Assay in Select Markets

March 3, 2015 9:09 am | News | Comments

The new assay offers broad coverage of all known Hepatitis B (HBV) genotypes (A-H) with high sensitivity, across all critical medical decision points. Read more...                

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Oncolytics' Cancer Treatment

March 3, 2015 9:03 am | News | Comments

Oncolytics has supported two sponsored clinical studies assessing reolysin in the treatment of peritoneal cancers. Read more...                     

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Australian Virus Might be Answer to Effective Ebola Vaccine

March 3, 2015 8:55 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

The study is one of the latest efforts in the worldwide race to find an effective Ebola vaccine. Read more...                         

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Gorilla Origins of the Last Two AIDS Virus Lineages Confirmed

March 3, 2015 8:52 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Study has implications for understanding genesis of emerging diseases. Read more...                             

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New Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance

March 3, 2015 8:46 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. Read more...                     

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As Ebola Wanes, Other Countries Remain Vulnerable

March 3, 2015 8:41 am | by Krista Larson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arriving airline passengers lined up outdoors to have their temperatures checked, the screens in the nighttime darkness like glowing lightning bugs. Read more...                

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Amgen Announces Results of Phase 3 Head-to-Head Study of Drugs for Multiple Myeloma

March 2, 2015 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Patients receiving one of the medications that was tested lived twice as long without disease progression. Read more...                       

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J&J Announces Binding Offer from Cardinal Health to Acquire Cordis

March 2, 2015 12:49 pm | News | Comments

The deal breaks down to an aggregate value of $1.99 billion. Read more...

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Preventing the Spread of Cancer with Copper Molecules

March 2, 2015 12:43 pm | by Bielefeld University | News | Comments

Chemists have developed a molecule containing copper that binds specifically with DNA and prevents the spread of cancer. Read more...                     

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An Opening for Measles

March 2, 2015 12:36 pm | by Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

Anti-vaccination trend is becoming a growing concern. Read more...                                

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Survey: Parents Increasingly Ask Doctors to Delay Vaccines

March 2, 2015 12:29 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases. Read more...                 

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Firm Agrees to Refund to Settle Suit Over Weight-Loss Pills

March 2, 2015 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Salt Lake City-based company has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who purchased its weight-loss tablets to settle a class-action lawsuit. Read more...                  

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New Target Identified in Fight Against Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis

March 2, 2015 10:15 am | News | Comments

Highlighting a potential target in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests that triggering a protein found on the surface of brain cells may help slow the progression of these and other neurological diseases.

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